what you can do
Ten Things You Can Do
Ten Actions You Can OrganizeTen Things You Can Do To Stop
Torture and Indefinite Detention
- EDUCATE YOURSELF. Read the alternative press.
Check out our background page for specific
articles. Don't rely on mainstream media.
- TALK ABOUT IT. When you hear or read something
about torture or detentions, talk to people about it. Discuss it with
friends and co-workers. Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Our lives begin
to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- SPEAK OUT. Participate in rallies and
demonstrations in your area. Keep informed about events through your local
Indymedia site. E-mail us
about getting an Act Against Torture bumper sticker and put it on your bike or car:
- HOLD YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ACCOUNTABLE. Write
letters to Bush and to your congressional representatives. Good letter
writing information can be found at the websites of Witness Against Torture, Amnesty
International, and The
Center for Constitutional Rights, or here on our website.
- PUBLISH. Write a letter to the editor of your
local newspaper and mention ActAgainstTorture.org.
- POST. Print out our posters or make your own and post them at work, in
your window, or on the street.
- SPREAD THE WORD. When you read an article
that’s not in the mainstream media, make copies and pass them on to
friends, co-workers, or neighbors. Write ActAgainstTorture.org on the front
page so people know where to get more information.
- DISSEMINATE. Print out information cards and leave them in cafes, schools,
your work place, or in the pockets of clothes in the store.
- DONATE. Donate $10 or more to an organization
working to end torture and indefinite detions such as Witness Against Torture, Amnesty
International, or The Center
for Constitutional Rights, or donate to Act Against Torture (for info,
e-mail us at ActAgainstTorture@riseup.net.)
- ORGANIZE. Support friends in taking these
actions. Become an organizer.
Actions You Can
Organize to Stop Torture and Indefinite Detion
For questions, suggestions, or support regarding
any of these actions, feel free to email us at ActAgainstTorture@riseup.net
- GET TOGETHER. Hold a house meeting with your
friends and neighbors to plan an action against torture.
- HANG A BANNER. Hang a banners over freeways,
alter billboards: don’t let anyone in your town forget what is
happening. Check out the Freeway
Blogger for banner-hanging ideas and instructions.
- HOLD AN EVENT. Convince your church, union, or
school to host a speaker or lead a discussion about torture and
- DISRUPT THE TORTURERS. Disrupt public
appearances of CIA, military or Bush administration personnel. Let them
know that torturers are not welcome in your town.
- TARGET CORPORATIONS. Crash shareholder
meetings, sit in at corporate headquarters, or visit the homes of
executives of corporations like Lockheed Martin that hold government
contracts to torture for profit.
- HOLD MEDIA ACCOUNTABLE. Keep an eye on the
alternative and foreign press, watching for stories the U.S. mainstream
media doesn't cover well or honestly. Organize friends and neighbors to
write and call editors and station managers to demand coverage of what's
really going on.
- PERFORM STREET THEATER or ORGANIZE A PUBLIC
READING. Get together with creative friends and do something dramatic in a
public place to encourage people to actively confront and and oppose
torture and indefinite detion. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
is encouraging public
readings of the play Guantánamo: ‘Honor Bound to Defend
Freedom’ to "focus attion on the shameful and unlawful detions at the
U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba." It's not enough to oppose
- ORGANIZE A VIGIL. A group of people standing on
a busy street corner at rush hour, with signs, banners, candles, chants, or
whatever your friends and neighbors come up with, lets folks know that
there's a growing local movement against torture and indefinite
- JOIN US. If you'd like to help us in the work
we're doing, email us at ActAgainstTorture@riseup.net.
- ORGANIZE A DELEGATION. See Witness Against Torture for information
about organizing a delegation to Guantanamo. Demand to speak directly to